My work has been greatly influenced by my love of nature and the wonders it has to offer us. I have tried to incorporate my fondness for flowers and gardens with glass to create an impressionistic vision of the landscape. For me, the flowers are small worlds filled with colors and shapes that produce incredible beauty. The glass murrinis in my work represent the flower. These flowers together become a field of color floating between grasses and stones. This is much like a millefiore, a million flowers. My intention is to evoke a feeling of serenity and solitude, an homage to nature.

- Shawn E. Messenger


  • BFA in Glass - Cleveland Institute of Art
  • Further study at Pilchuck Glass School
  • Penland School of Crafts - workshop with Richard Ritter / Dinah Hulet
  • Toledo Museum of Art

Selected Exhibitions and Shows

  • ACC Baltimore Craft Show, Baltimore MD, Baltimore Convention Center, 2017
  • Edgewood Orchard Galleries, Fish Creek WI, 2016
  • Buyers Market of American Crafts, Philadelphia PA, Philadelphia Convention Center, 2013
  • Bergstrom Mahler Museum, Bergstrom Mahler Museum, Neenah WI, 2012
  • Sense and Scentalbility, Tuscon AZ, Philabaum Gallery, 2009
  • 500 Glass Objects, Asheville NC, Lark Books, 2006